Grandmaster – Seiko misplayed because he played autochess on his phone?

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The Situation:

Linh “Seiko” Nguyen is a Hearthstone Player from Germany, currently playing for Team Genji.

In his Grandmasters match vs Bozzzton, he made a misplay, by not playing Baleful Banker on his Shirvallah.

On Twitter, Seiko mentioned “Wasnt the best idea to play the [auto] chess qualifier this weekend” (the Tweet got removed but hs_Pasca had made a screenshot of it (click to see it)

Different viewers and players say it’s not respectful for the viewers and he should be punished.

The rules mention, that Seiko can be punished for doing this.

Possible Punishment:


(o) Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damage’s Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard’s Website Terms.


The Clip:



This is a statement he made but it got tweet promptly deleted (Source)

Statement 2

Statement by Seiko (Source)

Statement Blizzard

Esports Product Manager Response (Source)

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